Markus Stockhausen (b. 1957) is one of the few trumpet soloists who can move effortlessly between contemporary music, classical music, and modern jazz. For about 25 years he collaborated closely with his father, the composer Karlheinz Stockhausen, who composed many beautiful works for him. Markus’s approach to the creation of “Intuitive Music” transcends all musical styles and takes advantage of his outstanding command of the instrument.
An early recording with pianist Rainer Brüninghaus (Continuum, ECM) finds him weaving intricate and electrifying lines on trumpet, flugelhorn and piccolo trumpet. His subsequent work with bassist Gary Peacock, guitarist Ralph Towner, his frequent collaborations with bassist Arild Andersen and percussionist Patrice Héral (Kàrta, Joyosa, Electric Treasures), his numerous duo collaborations, notably with Tara Bouman on clarinets: Moving Sounds, with jazz pianist Florian Weber: Inside Out (new CD Alba on ECM) with the Hungarian guitar virtuoso Ferenc Snétberger, his new quartet called Quadrivium with cellist Jörg Brinkmann, pianist Angelo Comisso and drummer Christian Thomé, as well as his sound meditations, have all yielded fresh perspectives.
As a composer, he has received commissions from, among others, the RIAS Chamber Choir, The London Sinfonietta, the Orchestra d‘Archi Italiana, The 12 Cellists from the Berlin Philharmonic, the Swiss Jazz Orchestra and the Camerata Bern. In 2013 he composed “Das Erwachende Herz” for solo trumpet, clarinet, voice, and symphony orchestra, commissioned and performed by the Hamburger Symphoniker.
More than 80 CDs document his work. He regularly gives workshops on Intuitive Music and More and seminars in Singing and Silence.